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Short Cuts Canada

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Short Cuts Canada

These can be short documentary, animated or narrative films from emerging and established filmmakers across Canada.

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Above the Knee

Greg Atkins


Jack’s suit-and-tie career never quite fit. As he summons the courage to dress for the job he wants, he risks changing the way his co-workers and his wife see and treat him.

The Adder's Bite

Firas Momani


On the surface, all is calm. In a dark and humid cavern, an abominable ceremony to which grotesque creatures devote themselves is interrupted by the arrival of an intruder. The piercing short The Adder's Bite, inspired by the bol...

Animal Control

Kire Paputts


Larry is an amateur taxidermist who, as the pick-up man for the local Animal Services, gets all his specimens through work.

The Camera and Christopher Merk

Brandon Cronenberg


Quiet Christopher Merk just found a new apartment. Getting to know his neighbours doesn’t require borrowing a cup of sugar; it means picking up the remote.


Hans Olson


Clara’s birthday is just another night shift of staging beds at the local furniture store, until she learns her secret crush James is working his final shift.

The Closer You Get to Canada

John Bolton


Adapted from Thomas King’s darkly comic story, two old friends trapped in a futuristic American seniors’ residence try to escape to Canada.


Martin Sokol


An underperforming chicken is under enormous pressure to produce at work.

File Under Miscellaneous

Jeff Barnaby


Resigned to assimilate and shed his identity, a spiritually exhausted Mi’kmaq man visits a dystopian clinic.

A Fine Young Man

Kevan Funk


Pete – with his perfect job, perfect home and perfect wife – seems to epitomize the American Dream. But is his life really so spotless?

Green Crayons

Kazik Radwanski


Director Kazik Radwanski narrows his lens on Xavier and Liam, two second-grade boys who are moulded by their actions and moralistic educators.

The High Level Bridge

Trevor Anderson


Edmonton’s High Level Bridge has a morbid notoriety; it’s a frequent spot for suicides. Anderson pays homage to the people and events surrounding an odd landmark.

Home: Life Advice

Aaron Phelan


A young woman works at a retirement home where an elderly man makes scathing comments about her appearance.

How to Rid your Lover of a Negative Emotion Caused by You!

Nadia Litz


Like any other couple, Sadie and Dennis have problems. Will Sadie’s trust issues remain insurmountable, or will she finally decide to open up?


Nick Fox-Gieg


As a Nazi-occupied France has a population under threat, one man’s attempt to thwart a corrupted system shapes a dramatic sequence of events.

The Legend of Beaver Dam

Jerome Sable


This musical horror comedy follows an unlikely hero – nerdy Danny Zigwitz – at a summer camp listening to fireside stories.

Les fleurs de l'âge

Vincent Biron


Selling ice cream, smoking pot, falling in love, dealing with family: it’s just another summer day for a regular group of school kids.

Lipsett Diaries

Theodore Ushev


Deconstructing a visionary in experimental film, this animated documentary presents the incredible creativity and emotional tumult that defined filmmaker Arthur Lipsett’s life.

Living History

Isaac Cravit


Living History follows a father and his teenaged son as they make their way to the annual reenactment of the Upper Canada Rebellion.

Love. Marriage. Miscarriage.

Darragh McDonald


In the wake of a miscarriage, Magda finds herself at a family gathering,caught between denial and acceptance.


Sophie Goyette


Trying to avoid some big decisions, Nadège spends a restless night at an arcade and go-kart track.

Marius Borodine

Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais


A mockumentary about inventor Marius Borodine who is on the brink of completing his master stroke creation when something goes terribly awry.

La Métropolitaine

Dan Popa


At once an essay and an epic story where we never get to really meet the protagonist, La Métropolitaine conveys with grandeur that love can be everywhere and nowhere.


Halima Ouardiri


Based on a true story, Mokhtar recounts the tale of a young boy in a remote Moroccan village as he adopts a fallen owl.


M. Rankin


In part three of the Burton Cycle, Rory Lepine gives a personal account of his fateful 1985 encounter with The Guess Who’s legendary lead singer, Burton Cummings, at a 7-Eleven in Winnipeg.

The Old Ways

Michael Vass


When a judge sentences a child to the death penalty, the court mitigates a public relations crisis with an elaborate and dubious scheme.

On the Way to the Sea

Tao Gu


On May 12, 2008, the largest earthquake in China’s history devastated the Wenchuan region. Director Tao Gu visits his parents’ home to capture the physical and emotional aftermath.

Open Window

Cam Woykin


A backyard birthday party is consumed with tension when an abusive relationship between the birthday boy’s parents is revealed.


Ky Nam Le Duc


Two young men, who have recently returned from military missions, struggle to reintegrate with civilian life while coping with the impact of their respective experiences.

Le Projet Sapporo

Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

Canada, Japan

This homage to acclaimed calligrapher Gazanbou Higuchi utilizes rotoscope animation to illustrate the craft of Japanese shodo.

Sad Bear

Liz Van Allen Cairns, Joe LoBianco


Sad Bear collects people’s saddest objects to help them process past regrets. People are generally amenable to this, except for Steve, who can’t let go of his prized possession.

Les Softies

Emmanuel Shirinian, Russell Bennett


Chooch and Ponch are hit men. While waiting to knock off a mark, they ponder what life might have in store if they quit their day jobs and pursued their unrealized potential.

Sophie Lavoie

Anne Émond


Anne Émond delivers a stripped-down study of a young woman participating in a patient interview during her doctor’s appointment.

The Trenches

Claude Cloutier


Trench warfare is brought to harrowing life as Claude Cloutier creates a high-stakes world of physical and psychological dangers, by animating archival images with India ink.

Tsunami, Horses and Civilization

Carla Susanto


A tsunami approaches a city where the human residents are incapable of saving themselves from imminent disaster.


Sara St. Onge


Ally is doing her best to accommodate her husband, two stepdaughters and her husband’s ex-wife for a Thanksgiving dinner, but even she has her limit.


Kaveh Nabatian


In this stunning portrait of a shattered psyche, a Mexican man begins to understand his life when he confronts his own deep-seated phobias.


Danis Goulet


Josh and his father visit their family cottage for the last time. They are leaving their traditional Cree territory, but Josh has already adopted an urban lifestyle and finds it hard to relate to his heritage.


Caroline Monnet


On a solitary portage between the barren wilderness and a desolate city, a young man reflects on his troubled past and hopeful future.

Woman Waiting

Antoine Bourges


A middle-aged woman searches for a place to live in Vancouver. The system should be there to assist her, but amidst all the red tape of applications and waiting periods, she longs for human help.


Brian D. Johnson


Adapting esteemed poet Dennis Lee’s recent collection of poetry, film-critic-cum- filmmaker Brian Johnson creates a vivid visual language to lift Lee’s words off the page.



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